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Witness to the Mob (1998)

Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano was mafiosi. He started out as a soldier, but his talent for murder, including the slayings of his best friends, his wife's brother and his own boss, Paul ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Turturro ... Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano
Tom Sizemore ... John Gotti
Debi Mazar ... Deborah Gravano
Abe Vigoda ... Paul Castellano
Philip Baker Hall ... Toddo Aurello
Adam J. Roth ... The sign painter
Frank Vincent ... Frankie DeCicco
Lenny Venito ... Sal DiMaggio
Johnny Williams ... Angelo Ruggiero
Frankie Valli ... Frank LoCascio
Michael Imperioli ... Louie Milito
Vincent Pastore ... Mikey De Batt
Michael Ryan Segal ... Nicky Cowboy
Richard Bright ... Joe (Old Man) Paruta
Chris Cenatiempo Chris Cenatiempo ... Jimmy Falcona
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Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano was mafiosi. He started out as a soldier, but his talent for murder, including the slayings of his best friends, his wife's brother and his own boss, Paul Castellano, saw him rise to under-boss in the Gambino crime family. However, betrayals within the family saw him break the code of silence and became the highest ranking member of the mob to turn into a rat - 'a rat in a suit,- assisting the government to finally put away the Teflon Don, John Gotti. Written by johnno.r[at]xtra.co.nz

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Language:

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Release Date:

10 May 1998 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Vincent Pastore who plays Mikey De Batt is introduced to Angelo Ruggiero played by Johnny Williams. In the 1996 HBO film Gotti Pastore plays Angelo Ruggiero. In the film Gotti Debatt is only mentioned not ever seen. See more »

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14 September 2014 | by Tss5078See all my reviews

Boss of Bosses told us the story of Paul Castalano, Gotti profiled the Dapper Don, and finally Witness To The Mob is the story of mob enforcer, Sammy "The Bull" Gravano. Unlike the other two films, for some inexplicable reason, Witness To The Mob was made for network television. While the film turned out to be very accurate, it was also twice as long as the other two and lacked the typical violence associated with a mafia movie. Sammy Gravano was John Gotti's second in charge, an enforcer, who eventually turned states evidence and testified against the Mob. He was an interesting guy, but should his bio film really be longer and more in depth than that of John Gotti's? NYPD Blue's Nicholas Turturro stars and while his performance didn't blow me away, he wasn't nearly as bad as I thought he would be. The story is further given credibility by it's supporting cast, which is the same people you've seen in every mafia movie since the late 80s. There were actually seven members of the Sopranos cast, who had some type of part in this film. It's not surprising, as some guys just have the right look and do mafia type films almost exclusively. Witness To The Mob is very accurate and has the typical large cast associated with these films, but being over three hours long and made for TV, really hurts a film like this. You can make the case that the language and violence aren't really necessary to the story, but I really felt like it took a lot of credibility away from the film. How believable is a gangster that constantly says "freaking?" It was interesting to see things from The Bull's point of view, but the producers of this film really should have held out for a cable or direct to video deal, in order to make this type of film what it should be, raw and emotional.


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